It’s a return to the Star Wars universe and my favorite brand of model kits, FineMolds, for the next kit in my queue. I had originally looked at their 1/48 scale TIE fighter, but I decided against it because 1) it was more expensive and 2) most of their other Star Wars kits are in the 1/72 scale, and I like the consistency of the same scale. So, the 1/72 TIE Fighter was the perfect next kit. It was a reasonable price, about $30, and a welcome addition to my Star Wars collection.
With that said, here are some of my first impressions of the kit with some photos.
-Highly detailed molded parts, especially for a small scale
-Two bonus stormtroopers, who will look nice standing guard for the final display
-Masks for the clear parts. These stick on the clear parts and cover them while painting the details of the frames.
-The wings are molded in separate parts so you can paint each part their respective colors and then assemble. No time-consuming masking tape or paint mess-ups!
-All Japanese instructions, but the pictures are pretty self-explanatory
-Some really small pieces and tiny, tiny decals, but these are to be expected for such a small scale.